Kale – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2017 is Kale.

PANTONE 18-0107 Kale

Evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliage-based green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature, similar to the more vivacious Greenery. And, just as we see in nature, this lush and fertile natural green shade provides the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Kale! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

Kale is the most popular vegetable at this time of year. So get out your juicer and make a Kale smoothie. Here’s an antique pitcher to serve the smoothie in. The pitcher has charm and it’s inexpensive! A great Kale gift for mom!

PearlsVintagebyPam

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This set of three handmade pottery condiment dishes are a unique set of kitchen decor and are glazed in a beautiful glossy kale green glaze designed to highlight the subtle impressed floral pattern on the insides of the dishes. Their design is minimalist and influenced by the Japanese aethestic of Wabi Sabi – to be at peace and balanced. They are fired to stoneware temperature (1280C / 2336F) making them dishwasher safe, oven safe and microwave safe.

Unique and one of a kind these dishes would make great thank you gifts for teachers and ideal hostess gifts.

The dishes are perfect for serving condiments such as jam & cream, soy sauce, wasabi, pickled ginger. mustard, tomato sauce, rock salt, olives, sundried tomatoes, the list goes on! Of course they can also be used to hold candles, keys, coins – anything.

DeeDeeDeesigns

rosenthorn2001 from CrochetArtETC:

The Spring color along with the texture of this doily design are indicative of the refreshing, calm Kale green. The intricate raised patterns of this piece could very well be compared to the interesting beauty of the Kale leaf. I take great joy in creating a work from a vintage design and the Kale green color along with the unique patterns resulted in a stunning doily!

CrochetArtETC

Emma Kaufmann from StudioEmmaKaufmann says:

I too don’t like eating kale very much but love its earthy color. I was inspired by the leafy green to paint two playful elephant pals. I don’t know why I wanted to paint green elephants but it works! The print is available in my shop!

StudioEmmaKaufmann

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

This is a door badge for dog lover (or dog memorial). Green is my favorite color. Green kale is most loved by people who have big dogs and love nature, long walks, adventures with wildlife, hunting or field trials. Here is a portrait of English Setter, very special dog breed for people who love nature.

I paint custom dog portraits and it’s possible to order similar item with your pet portrait. This oval oil painting is painted on wooden panel and protected by a clear coat.

CanisArtStudio

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

Kale green is practical color but also fun when polka dots are involved. The same idea as this wallet’s fabric combinations. The brown and pink girlie skulls in the center are cute and fun while the Kale green sides and interior are practical and pretty at the same time.

joliefemmebydiana

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

The colour Kale is rooted in the earth and makes an instant connection with me, as a full time farmer. My little frog pond is full of critters and floating bits of kale-coloured leaves. This shy little fellow made an appearance just long enough for his portrait. Don’t want to eat kale? Just carry the colour with you in this handy case.

TheOldBarnDoor

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says:.

A truly unique food, as a super food Kale is a healthy option. I try to add it to my diet, but like some other members it isn’t that tasty to me raw or cooked. So, I have figured out how to ferment it with cabbage and make sour kraut with it. If anyone is interested I can provide the recipe. it is really delicious. I have also made Kale kimchi which is really yummy too. This year I am trying to grow it in my own garden.

Fittingly these green kale colored butterfly gemstones are made out of a green type of Ocean Jasper which is only found on one place in the world. Madagascar. It is mined in the ocean at low tide.

saxdsign

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

I love summer and the lush green foliage of the season. I made this green kyanite necklace to mimic the greens of summer. Kyanite is also one of my favorite stones, for the clean clear energy it omits.

EponasCrystals

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

Okay, let me get this off my chest. I do not eat Kale because I do not like Kale… (pause for audible audience gasps). I know it’s good for you but the only redeeming qualities I find in Kale is it’s deep green color and the lovely organic shapes of the leaves. The color and shape of the Keshi pearls used in this bracelet definitely evoke a vision of Kale’s best qualities for me.

Dark Kale green Keshi pearls and light green top drilled “Dancing” freshwater pearls are a surprising pairing but I think it works. The silhouette of the bracelet is an ever changing bit of art as the pearls dance from one side to the other. The organic leaf shapes and the varying depth of Kale green color in the Keshi pearls guarantee that no two bracelets will be the same.

Bungalow42

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns says:

In this Wrist Rosary Bracelet, the beautiful Russian Jade beads play with both Kale and Greenery from Pantone’s 2017 trend list. I love the vibrant earthiness of the greens and the way that dark gives way to light in the veins of the Russian Jade used to create this Unique 5-decade wrist Rosary with Vintage Reproduction Cross in Solid Bronze. Makes me want to sit outside in a rustic, undomesticated forest and have some peaceful meditation time!

MariMartiDesigns

friedasophie from friedasophie says:

So i love Kale and Tourmalines and they are pretty much in the same color range. Seems like i am having a green phase!

friedasophie

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

For those who love promoting peace will make the connection with the color green even though it’s a dark kale green it still signifies peace, health and wellness which is our overall goal right. The inside of this scripture wristlet is lined with a print that features a fish and the cross.

The scripture in questions comes from the Galatians 5:22 (Life by the Spirit )

When the designer created this fabric I believe this is why they paired them both together at least that’s how I view it!

DesignsbyCristal

Member Feature: TiffanyTwists

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Tiffany of TiffanyTwists, our featured member!

TiffanyTwists

TiffanyTwists

Tell us about yourself.

30 something. I work with adults with disabilities for my day job and make jewelry to relax.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

2014, Girlfriend encouraged me after I ran out of people to gift my items to!

Tell us a bit about your products.

Great gifts! Hand stamped, wire wrapped, something for everyone.3

What inspires your work?           

Nature, Family, Love, Pets, Charity.

Those are my inspiration my motivation, my goals, my life.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

Continuing, growing, making  pretty things that people love. I have exceeded all goals.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

My customer service, my speed, my charitable giving.2

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I have a small room in my home that I have converted to a studio, though I much prefer working outside at my picnic table with my pets and the sunshine.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

The whole first year I had no idea what I was doing, so I just wish I had been more prepared.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

It is a lot of work, it is not a get rich quick scheme, but it can be a huge blessing.1

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

Hiking and spending time with my pets, I am also active in my community.

What is your favorite quote?

I like “She believed she could and so she did”.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Instagram: @tiffanytwists4

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Etsy Christmas In July 2017 – Begins 1 Week From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Etsy Christmas In July 2017 begins 1 week from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 10th!

The leaders have been busy working behind the scenes coming up with creative, innovative ideas to get everyone involved in the event.

To participate please join the Christmas In July team! Once you have joined there are many ways for you to be featured on our blog during #EtsyCIJ 2017! Please see the opportunities below!

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Celebrate #EtsyCIJ 2017 by joining us on social media!

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#EtsyCIJ Facebook Event Page

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We have several events planned during #EtsyCIJ 2017 where you can get involved. Here are 3 of the upcoming events!

#CIJLovesJuly – 10 Day Photo Challenge

Join the 10 Day Christmas In July Photo Challenge! Use the hashtag #CIJLovesJuly in the caption of your challenge photos! We look forward to getting to know you! The team leaders will be looking for your photos on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to share!

#CIJLovesJuly

#CIJParty 2017

On July 5th we will host the #CIJParty 2017 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2016? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2016

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2017 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2017: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

The blog leaders and guest contributors will be writing special Christmas Inspired blog articles for the #CIJParty! Please see the following threads to have an item and the story featured on July 5th!

Alicia: Christmas Wish List – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Alicia: Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Music – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Photo Booth – #CIJParty 2017

Dawn: The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Chance To Be Featured During the #CIJParty

Judith: Christmas Decor – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Sheila: Holiday Jewelry – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Once again we will serve Food and Drink at our #CIJParty:

Food And Drink

We will also enjoy Music to our #CIJParty:

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And new this year to our #CIJParty is a Photo Booth:

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You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2017!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

Want a sneak peek of one of the Christmas Inspired Articles that will be featured on Wednesday July 5th? Here’s The Twelve Days Of Christmas from Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns! A big thank you to Dawn!

Nine Ladies Dancing From DeeDeeSupplies

#CIJPopUpMarket 2017

We are thrilled about our third annual #CIJPopUpMarket – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets will be shut down and your tents will be up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

This year we will host #CIJPopUpMarkets on 4 days!

Tuesday July 4th

Thursday July 6th

Friday July 7th

Saturday July 8th

There are still a few tents available for Saturday July 8th!

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Cards From The Heart

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings
I know I love to give and receive cards, and not just for holidays and special occasions. My favorite kind of card is one when the person just sends it to show they were thinking about you.

Its a small gesture, but to me the little things tend to mean a lot!

Members of Etsy Christmas In July team share this sentiment!
My cards all start with fabric! I love to sew and embroider, so creating my “Crazy Quilt” cards gives me an opportunity to embroider with some of my extensive thread and ribbon collection on a small project. This embroidery piece was mounted in a card with a heart opening, making it perfect to send to someone you love. Use it for Valentine’s Day, and anniversary, engagement or just to let someone know you are thinking about them!

FabriArts

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I enjoyed making this card. Basically it is a pull out card inside its own envelope. I made it in mind for a birthday or gift card but it could be used for so many reasons!

DesignedbyAnneliese

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

This is a card making kit which also includes a printable Mother’s Day card. It reminds me of my own Mom because of her love for being out working in the flowers all day.

ButterflyFeetDigital

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I use much of my farm life photography to create blank note cards.

I think this image is one of my personal favorites as the girls in the picture go everywhere together. Perfect card to send to a best friend to say hello and let them know you are thinking of them.

TheOldBarnDoor

Niagara – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2017 is Niagara.

PANTONE 17-4123 Niagara

Comfortable and dependable, Niagara leads the PANTONE Fashion Color Report as the most prevalent color for spring 2017. Niagara is a classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Niagara. They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

As a gem dealer the Pantone colors are very important to me each year. There are always many gemstones that can fit the profiles of each Pantone color. This year the Niagra color has been incredibly popular, it is one of my best sellers. Especially since it is available in a tourmaline gemstone the Indicolite Blue color of tourmaline is so rare and unusual.

saxdsign

friedasophie from friedasophie says:

I dare to say that this one is quiet Niagara like!

I have had a ton of stress in the past couple of months and this type of blue just seems to calm and cool me down in moments of despair.

friedasophie

My in-laws took their honeymoon at Niagara Falls back in the late 1960’s and still vacation there regularly. My husband and I haven’t been there together yet but it is in our plans. Until then I made this necklace inspired by my mother in laws descriptions of the blue water and shining spray of the falls. She has fine and sparkly memories of her times there.

KestrelCollection

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Blue is my favorite color. This kyanite pendant goes perfectly with your favorite jeans. The pendant is made from a blue kyanite wand set in a shiny polished soldered cap. The necklace is an antiqued silver toned chain with stamped oval links.

EponasCrystals

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These earrings are the ideal Niagara accessory, featuring beautiful denim tones. The earrings texture is imprinted with a pumpkin leaf from my garden while still soft and then glazed to highlight the impressed design.

DeeDeeDeesigns

We used to have a koi pond at our old house. My husband loved those fish so when I found this neat enameled koi fish pendant, I just had to turn it into a key ring.

Cynhumphrey

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

 This blue is so calming and easy on the eyes. It captures my attention, but doesn’t scream or shout. It’s a strong and stable color. Maybe that’s why I have it on my walls.

Gosh I just love this blue, and I look forward to using it more often now!

StockLaneStudio

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

The blue color is calming and relaxing. It is the best color for bedroom decor and home interior which we want to feel relaxed. Blue is associated with water and also in winter. I painted this portrait of Syberian Husky on the background of Niagara blue colors to highlight his connection with winter sports. This door decoration promises from here you’ll feel really relaxed and the friendship atmosphere.

CanisArtStudio

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

I love this shade of blue! So pretty and classic! Great summer color! This little bag is perfect for a bridesmaid or dressing up to attend a wedding or garden party.

joliefemmebydiana

Member Feature: LaSouciqueStudio

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Kimberly of LaSouciqueStudio, our featured member!

LaSouciqueStudio

LaSouciqueStudio

Tell us about yourself.

I am a silver and freshly-trained goldsmith having apprenticed here in the USA and in the UK Channel Islands of Guernsey. Up until deciding to take the artistry route, I was working in Offshore Trust Fund Management where I managed portfolios for Argentinian and Russian millionaire and billionaires. The job nearly broke my spirit, and if not for metalsmithing, I’m not sure what sort of mental state I would be in at the moment!img_1195

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I will celebrate our one-year anniversary on March 1st, 2017 and did not think very much about silversmithing as a full-time career until I was selected as an Emerging Artist in the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa which is a juried art festival that brings the country’s best artists. It was a springboard into full-time artistry that I’ll be forever grateful to be a part of.

La Soucique is Guernsey French, which is a latin patois spoken only by 4-500 people today. My husband’s family’s home was named, “La Soucique”, which means a timeless sense of style.img_1460

Tell us a bit about your products.

While living on the island of Guernsey, I would walk the often-lonely beaches and pick up sea glass – I had never seen a piece before and we would get an ice cream bucket full in 20 minutes! So, I had jars of it sitting around and when I came to bezel setting, rather than using expensive stones I began setting seaglass. After all, if I mucked it up, it was free. Guernsey is notoriously difficult to ship to so stones were extortionately priced (even Amazon won’t ship and you cannot get an iTunes account to save your life!). I came to find how lovely seaglass glowed when set in sterling and it is still my favorite setting.

We’ve island hopped since moving to Guernsey from Kentucky; to Guernsey then to Tybee Island (Savannah, GA), and now we live in Amelia Island, Florida. There has been no shortage of inspiration – but there is not much sea glass to be found, sadly! I rely on a lot of friends and through art shows, I’ve been able to pick through many clients’ gorgeous seaglass collections.img_1538-1

What inspires your work?           

The sea, absolutely. And the glass that it tumbles. Seaglass represents a journey of transformation, where your past doesn’t decide your future. It’s lived so many lifetimes! If only it could tell us its story… what once was clear and fragile is now strong with a certain patina, like the change from childhood to adulthood.

And reading. In fact, if you’ve never read, “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, you ought to. Written in the 1950’s, its still especially applicable today.img_1603-1

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

Slow and steady wins the race. I feel that so many jewelry artists are hungry to get hundreds of wholesale accounts but I cannot fathom what kind of quality of life that would bring. I feel that doubling my annual sales is a fair goal, which with two daughters under 8, I think is a brilliant move. Dreams are another thing! I dream of financial independence and having an income stream that is wholly my own to rely upon.img_1327

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

Flexibility and being innovative. It seems that the larger you are, the less time you have to create new work which I absolutely need. I change gears quite a lot in the day, so it’s been a challenge to focus on collections but I’m working on that.img_1372

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

Yes – a simple one just in our home. I took the plunge and bought a flex shaft which has changed my world. I still rely upon my trusty creme brûlée torch, though!img_6639

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I believe that university business classes and in my case, communications classes, do not prepare you for sole proprietorship but merely to serve a corporation. I wish that I had known more about the freedoms of owning my own business which I wish now that I had began before having children!img_1621

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Etsy is a fantastic springboard as well, to get your work out there and to offer it for sale. It can be harrowing, at times! My first Etsy sale was quite traumatic, which made me almost quit the platform altogether. But we stuck it out. And sometimes, selling a piece is like saying goodbye to an old friend, but when you see someone happy with a piece which are gifts in many cases. That is brilliant to get those happy messages.13087086_10103427582060000_3344178603281378313_o

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

We head to the beach here in Amelia Island. Peter’s Point is my favorite and Black Rock beach is fabulous, or to Hanna Park in Jacksonville (where I find 5 pieces of sea glass per hour, on average)! I read a lot and watch a lot of movies.la-soucique-portfolio

What is your favorite quote?

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.” — Anne Morrow Lindberghfolk-sons-2

Where can people find out more about your business?  

We’ve launched our own website with an Etsy shop link – www.LaSouciqueStudio.com and can be found in four locations.img_9791-1

Facebook: La Soucique Studio

Instagram: La_Soucique_Studio

Pinterest: Kimbery Hanna Wallis

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I am a staunch believer in Community over Competition so if anyone has any questions, even about techniques or processes, please reach out. We’re all in this together – thank you again for the feature!img_9479-1

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Etsy Christmas In July 2017 – Begins 2 Weeks From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Etsy Christmas In July 2017 begins 2 weeks from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 10th!

We have several events planned during #EtsyCIJ 2017 where you can get involved. Here are 3 of the upcoming events!

#CIJLovesJuly – 10 Day Photo Challenge

Join the 10 Day Christmas In July Photo Challenge! Use the hashtag #CIJLovesJuly in the caption of your challenge photos! We look forward to getting to know you! The team leaders will be looking for your photos on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to share!

#CIJLovesJuly

#CIJPopUpMarket 2017

We are thrilled about our third annual #CIJPopUpMarket – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets will be shut down and your tents will be up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

For more information regarding the #CIJPopUpMarket please see this thread:

#CIJPopUpMarket 2017 #3

#CIJParty 2017

On July 5th we will host the fourth annual #CIJParty 2017 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2016? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2016

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2017 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2017: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

The blog leaders and guest contributors will be writing special Christmas Inspired blog articles for the #CIJParty! Please see the following threads to have an item and the story featured on July 5th!

Alicia: Christmas Wish List – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Alicia: Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Music – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Photo Booth – #CIJParty 2017

Dawn: The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Chance To Be Featured During the #CIJParty

Judith: Christmas Decor – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Sheila: Holiday Jewelry – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the weeks to come!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2017!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

Want a sneak peek of one of the Christmas Inspired Articles that will be featured on Wednesday July 5th? Here’s Christmas Decorations from Julie of EveryoneLovesGifts0A big thank you to Julie!

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

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